Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


S.W. Ndegwa

Footsteps Fertility Foundation, P.O. Box 52848-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

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Accessible, affordable, infertility, IVF, Kenia, trained personnel.

Published online: Jun 30 2016


The reported overall subfertility rate in Kenia is 26.1% with 50% attributed to tubal factors and 15% due to male factors. This is probably an underestimation taking into consideration that due to the stigma and myths of the disease, many couples are seeking alternative care from religious sects, witchdoctors, herbalists. Because the costs associated with IVF in private centres are only affordable for the happy few, the only true hope for most Kenyans struggling with unintended childlessness lies in the introduction of affordable ART services. The major challenge is to reduce the costs of ovarian stimulation medication and the equipment set-up cost of the ART laboratory. An important foreseeable barrier to low-cost ART is adequately trained personnel.